4 Great End-of-Summer New Hampshire Festivals
Photos courtesy of each individual festival
In late summer and early fall, New Hampshire has some of the most beautiful weather in the U.S. By then, some of the summer visitors have started to go home and by the end of September, you can begin to start to see the change of the seasons. This is also the festival time of year for the Granite State, and this year they are offering visitors the chance to “Live Free and Savor Summer.” Here are four ways you can do just that.
Prescott Park Arts Festival – Portsmouth: Now through August 23
The 41st Prescott Park Arts Festival is currently underway on the banks of the Piscataqua River with a diverse lineup of music, art, theater and dance. Some of the highlights include Seven Stages Shakespeare Company's staging of The Bard's comedy “As You Like It,” concerts every Wednesday Night, as well performances of Peter Pan. The festival has no fixed admission and provides a family-friendly atmosphere.
North Country Moose Festival – Pittsburgh: August 28–August 30
Each summer, Pittsburgh, N.H. locals honor the mighty moose by hosting the North Country Moose Festival. The family-oriented festival has a street fair, a classic auto show, guided tours, art shows, entertainment, a dog show and much more. They have been doing this for 23 years and with the beauty of the area and the mildness of the weather, it is an event not to miss. Make sure to make time on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. for the moose-calling contest!
Hampton Beach Seafood Festival – Hampton Beach: September 11–September 13
The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival marks the unofficial end to summer for the local coastal community. Gourmands, this is the place for you, with over 50 of the area’s top restaurants serving up copious seafood dishes. This year the festival celebrates its 26th year with 80-plus arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment, kids areas, cooking demonstrations and fireworks. They also have an elite lobster roll eating contest that takes only 12 people, but let’s be honest, we want to take our time and thoroughly enjoy our lobster roll experience.
New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival – Lincoln: September 18–September 20
Among the largest and one of the most diversified tournaments in the country, the New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival includes the Gathering of the Scottish Clans with over 60 clans and societies present. Experience great food and entertainment including Massed Bands, Sheepdog Trials, Celtic World Music Concerts, the New England Regional Scottish Fiddle Championship, Scottish Athletics, National Highland Dance Competition, Solo Piping and Drumming, the Scottish Harp (Clarsach) and more.
Summer isn’t over yet and the fall is one of the best times to be in New England. Take a trip to New Hampshire this year and experience beauty, nature and so much more.
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